Dental Checkup and Cleaning
The best way to avoid dental problems such as cavities, gums diseases, dental pain and other emergencies is to have healthy oral hygiene habits. A great at-home oral hygiene routine in addition to regular recare examinations with the dentist and dental cleanings is an unbeatable combination in prevention.
What to expect from a dental exam?
Before your initial appointment, we ask you to fill out a medical health questionnaire to indicate any and all health concerns such as allergies, diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy, medication or anxiety to make sure you get the kind of care you need. A comprehensive dental examination is then performed, and includes the examination of diagnostic x-rays (which is mandatory to detect tooth decay, tumors, cysts…), oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation and the examination of all tooth surfaces including previous restorations. A recare examination is performed during your regular appointment and is essential as it allows us evaluate any progression from the initial visit and treat any present or potential problem.
Now, it’s time for the cleaning!
The purpose of the cleaning is not to just to keep your teeth nice and white; it is to remove plaque and calculus (tartar). Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva that forms and sticks on the teeth. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums and leads to periodontal disease if left untreated. Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time, now firmly attached to the tooth surface and only removable with special dental instruments (scalers). In order to give your teeth a thorough cleaning, our dental hygienist will use both manual scalers and ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and built-up tartar that collects on the surfaces of your teeth, above and below the gum line.
Your teeth will then be polished using a tooth polisher on a spinning head with slightly abrasive paste. The polishing will remove any plaque or stain left by the scalers and will make your teeth smoother so that plaque will not collect as easily on them between visits.
Using dental floss between and around every tooth will remove any excess of plaque and tartar. If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth’s surfaces!
Our dental hygienist will apply fluoride by using plastic trays that are fitted around your teeth, or using a brush. Fluoride helps prevent caries by making the tooth structure more resistant to decay and promoting remineralization, which helps repair very early stages of decay before the damage is visible.
After the cleaning, our team will discuss with you any of the oral problems encountered and how to brush and floss more effectively. Tips for maintaining a healthier mouth!
What are the benefits of a regular recare appointment?
Regular recare appointments do more than just keep your teeth nice and white. Visiting the dentist regularly ensures that you have the best chance at keeping your mouth and body the healthiest it can be. Preventing cavities, tracking tooth movement, and discovering oral cancer before it happens are all things that regular dental visits can help you accomplish. If you haven’t been to our clinic for a while, it might be time to pick up the phone and schedule your next appointment!